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Inner Life of Animals

Love, Grief, and Compassion—Surprising Observations of a Hidden World
$29.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9781771643016
In stock now: 18

“Like The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben’s The Inner Life of Animals will rock your world. Surprising, humbling, and filled with delight, this book shows us that animals think, feel and know in much the same way as we do—and that their lives are, to them, as precious as ours are to us.” —Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields.

Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

In this, his latest book, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.

I hope this will help you see the animal world round you and the species described in this book, not as mindless automatons driven by an inflexible genetic code, but as stalwart souls and lovable rascals. And that is just what they are, as you will discover for yourself when you take a walk in my neighborhood with my goats, horses, and rabbits, or in the parks and woods where you live.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.

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Stealing Fire

How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work
$18.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November, 2017
ISBN: 9780062429667
In stock now: -1

 Its the biggest revolution you’ve never heard of, and its hiding in plain sight. Over the past decade, Silicon Valley executives like Eric Schmidt and Elon Musk, Special Operators like the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, and maverick scientists like Sasha Shulgin and Amy Cuddy have turned everything we thought we knew about high performance upside down. Instead of grit, better habits, or 10,000 hours, these trailblazers have found a surprising short cut. They’re harnessing rare and controversial states of consciousness to solve critical challenges and outperform the competition.

Author Steven Kotler and high performance expert Jamie Wheal spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution—from the home of SEAL Team Six to the Googleplex, the Burning Man festival, Richard Branson’s Necker Island, Red Bull’s training center, Nike’s innovation team, and the United Nations Headquarters. And what they learned was stunning:

In their own ways, with differing languages, techniques, and applications, every one of these groups has been quietly seeking the same thing: the boost in information and inspiration that altered states provide.

Today, this revolution is spreading to the mainstream, fueling a trillion dollar underground economy and forcing us to rethink how we can all lead richer, more productive, more satisfying lives. Driven by four accelerating forces—psychology, neurobiology, technology and pharmacology—we are gaining access to and insights about some of the most contested and misunderstood terrain in history.

The ecstatics are coming out of the closet… Around the world, revelers, soldiers, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, technologists, and business leaders are leveraging these insights for a common goal: a glimpse above the clouds. First in isolation, then in increasing numbers, and now, if you know where to look, virtually everywhere you look. We are witnessing a groundswell, a growing movement to storm heaven and steal fire. It’s a revolution in human possibility.

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Intelligence of the Cosmos

Why Are We Here? New Answers from the Frontiers of Science
$21.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781620557310
In stock now: 3

 For the outdated mainstream paradigm the world is a giant mechanism functioning in accordance with known and knowable laws and regularities. The new paradigm emerging in science offers a different concept: The world is an interconnected, coherent whole, and it is informed by a cosmic intelligence. This is not a finite, mechanistic-material world. It is a consciousness-infused whole-system world. We are conscious beings who emerge and co-evolve as complex, cosmic-intelligence in-formed vibrations in the Akashic Field of the universe.

Ervin Laszlo and his collaborators from the forefront of science, cosmology, and spirituality show how the re-discovery of who we are and why we are here integrates seamlessly with the wisdom traditions as well as with the new emerging worldview in the sciences, revealing a way forward for humanity on this planet. They explain how we have reached a point of critical incoherence and tell us that to save ourselves, our environment, and society, we need a critical mass of people to consciously evolve a new thinking. Offering a guidepost to orient this evolution, Laszlo examines the nature of consciousness in the universe, showing how our bodies and minds act as transmitters of consciousness from the intelligence of the cosmos and how understanding sciences new concept of the world enables us to re-discover our identity and our purpose in our world.

With bold vision and forward thinking, Laszlo and his contributors Maria Sagi, Kingsley L. Dennis, Emanuel Kuntzelman, Dawna Jones, Shamik Desai, Garry Jacobs, and John R. Audette outline the new idea of the world and of ourselves in the world. They help us discover how we can overcome these divisive times and blossom into a new era of peace, coherence, connection, and global wellbeing.

Among the other books of Ervin Laszlo are Science and the Akashic Field and The Immortal Mind.

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Becoming Supernatural

How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon
$35.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781401953096
In stock now: 11

A new work from the author of You Are the Placebo combines science and practice to show readers how they can step outside physical reality and enter into the quantum field where infinite possibility exists. The author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain draws on research conducted at his advanced workshops since 2012 to explore how common people are doing the uncommon to transform themselves and their lives.

Becoming Supernatural marries some of the most profound scientific information with ancient wisdom to show how people like you and me can experience a more mystical life. Readers will learn that we are, quite literally supernatural by nature if given the proper knowledge and instruction, and when we learn how to apply that information through various meditations, we should experience a greater expression of our creative abilities; that we have the capacity to tune in to frequencies beyond our material world and receive more orderly coherent streams of consciousness and energy; that we can intentionally change our brain chemistry to initiate profoundly mystical transcendental experiences; and how, if we do this enough times, we can develop the skill of creating a more efficient, balanced, healthy body, a more unlimited mind, and greater access to the realms of spiritual truth.

Topics include:

  • Demystifying the body's 7 energy centers and how you can balance them to heal
  • How to free yourself from the past by reconditioning your body to a new mind
  • How you can create reality in the generous present moment by changing your energy
  • The difference between third-dimension creation and fifth-dimension creation
  • The secret science of the pineal gland and its role in accessing mystical realms of reality
  • The distinction between Space-Time vs. Time-Space realities, and much more.

 Using tools and disciplines ranging from cutting-edge physics to practical exercises such as a walking meditation, Dr. Joe offers a program for stepping outside our physical reality and into the quantum field of infinite possibilities.

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Origins of Creativity

$33.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9781631493188
In stock now: 2

In this profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, Edward O. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity—the defining trait of our species.

Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, as we have long assumed, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species. And in doing so, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors—the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song.

Our achievements in science and the humanities, Wilson notes, make us uniquely advanced as a species, but also give us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. The humanities in particular suffer from a kind of anthropomorphism, encumbered by a belief that we are the only species among millions that seem to matter, yet Wilson optimistically reveals how researchers will have to address this parlous situation by pushing further into the realm of science, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and anthropology.

With eloquence and humanity, Wilson calls for a transformational "Third Enlightenment," in which the blending of science and the humanities will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.

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Beyond the Self

Conversations Between Buddhism and Neuroscience
$39.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Mit Press
Publication Date: October, 2017
ISBN: 9780262036948
In stock now: 4

Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist—close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue—offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity.

Ricard and Singer’s wide-ranging conversation stages an enlightening and engaging encounter between Buddhism’s wealth of experiential findings and neuroscience’s abundance of experimental results. They discuss, among many other things, the difference between rumination and meditation (rumination is the scourge of meditation, but psychotherapy depends on it); the distinction between pure awareness and its contents; the Buddhist idea (or lack of one) of the unconscious and neuroscience’s precise criteria for conscious and unconscious processes; and the commonalities between cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. Their views diverge (Ricard asserts that the third-person approach will never encounter consciousness as a primary experience) and converge (Singer points out that the neuroscientific understanding of perception as reconstruction is very like the Buddhist all-discriminating wisdom) but both keep their vision trained on understanding fundamental aspects of human life.

Also by Matthieu Ricard are Happiness and Altruism.

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Creating Mandalas with Sacred Geometry

Color and Draw Mandalas Using Ancient Principles
$29.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781611803266
In stock now: 6

Unlock the mystery and magic of sacred geometry to create mandalas using ancient design principles.

Pythagoras believed that mathematical truths shift the psyche closer to divine perfection. The Fibonacci sequence has been found to exist in patterns throughout nature. C. G. Jung thought that contemplating the mandala could unveil the unconscious. The designs here draw on the vast history and knowledge once thought esoteric, now available as tools for cultivating spiritual and psychological well-being.

For aboriginal peoples, drawing a circle on the ground demarks a sacred space of sanctuary. Circles are the basis of fabulous structures, both ancient and modern, built for religious, scientific, and community purposes. A circle also suggests stability, anchored as it is by a center (seen or unseen), and the synergy of the circle and its center establishes the starting point of sacred geometry.

Create your own mandala based on geometry, numbers, and signs, or color a mandala as a meditative process to tap into your creativity and intuition. However you use this guide, geometry can be a pathway to grasping who you are, where you belong, and what you are to do. Discover how this timeless practice can help you on your journey of self-realization!

Among Susanne Fincher’s other books are Creating Mandalas and The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide.

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Tamed and Untamed

Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Chelsea Green
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781603587556
In stock now: 2

Tamed and Untamed—a collection of essays penned by two of the world's most celebrated animal writers, Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas—explores the minds, lives, and mysteries of animals as diverse as snails, house cats, hawks, sharks, dogs, lions, and even octopuses.

Drawing on stories of animals both wild and domestic, the two authors, also best friends, created this book to put humans back into the animal world. The more we learn about what other animals think and do, they explain, the more we understand ourselves as animals, too. Writes Montgomery,

The list of attributes once thought to be unique to our species—from using tools to waging war—is not only rapidly shrinking, but starting to sound less and less impressive when we compare them with other animals powers.

With humor, empathy, and introspection, Montgomery and Thomas look into the lives of all kinds of creatures—from man’s best friend to the great white shark—and examine the ways we connect with our fellow species. Both authors have devoted their lives to sharing the animal kingdoms magic with others, and their combined wisdom is an indispensable contribution to the field of animal literature.

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Power of Eight

Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life, and the World
$35.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781501115547
In stock now: 7

Discover astonishing new findings about the miraculous power of group intention and its boomerang effect, in this new book by the author of The Intention Experiment and The Field.

What we send out into the universe comes back to us, magnified. Although the power of intention—the energy of positive thoughts—is widely accepted as an influential force in transforming lives, the exponential power of group intention has never been explored, until now. In The Power of Eight, Lynne McTaggart, an expert on the science of spirituality, reveals her remarkable findings from ten years of experiments about how group intention can heal our lives—and change the world for the better. When individuals in a group focus their intention together on a single target, a powerful collective dynamic emerges that can heal longstanding conditions, mend fractured relationships, lower violence, and even rekindle life purpose. But the greatest untold truth of all is that group intention has a mirror effect, not only affecting the recipient but also reflecting back on the senders.

At some point I began to acknowledge that the group-intention experience itself was causing big changes in people: changing individual consciousness, removing a sense of separation and individuality, and placing members of the group in what can only be describe ed as a state of ecstatic unity… The inciting instrument for all of this was simply the gathering of these people into a group.

Drawing on hundreds of case studies, the latest brain research, and dozens of McTaggart’s own university studies, The Power of Eight provides solid evidence showing that there is such a thing as a collective consciousness. Now you can learn to use it and unleash the power you hold inside of you to heal your own life, with help from this riveting, accessible book. And you can join a series of worldwide Intention Experiments that will run on a major web television channel in 120 countries during the book’s initial publication and afterward.

Every experiment I ran, every Power of Eight group that assembled demonstrated that thoughts are not locked inside our skulls, but find their way into other people, even into things thousands of miles away, and have the ability to change them.

 

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Proof of God

The Shocking True Answer to the World's Most Important Question
$21.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication Date: September, 2017
ISBN: 9781501161544
In stock now: 4

Ptolemy Tompkins, collaborator on the bestselling Proof of Heaven and Proof of Angels, has teamed up with renowned astrophysicist Bernard Haisch:

Is there a God? If so, does God care about us? Or is human life a mere accident of physics? For centuries, these fundamental questions have been integral to every culture and religion—and have not been answered, save by faith (and a few wild-eyed mystics). When it comes to finding answers about how the universe came into existence, God is simply another theory—a theory many say is no longer needed.

In Proof of God, Tompkins has joined forces with astrophysicist Bernard Haisch to demonstrate that not only is God real, but that it is science itself that proves it. It’s structured in seven chapters examining core features of our universe (Gravity, Mass, Energy).

Ptolemy’s Three Keys

  1. The physical world is not real. It is not substantive. It feels that way, and it looks that way, but it isn’t. There’s nothing in it, because there’s no such thing as solid matter.
  2. Consciousness is the only reality in our universe. Matter, energy, space… All these things are only simulations, generated by God using the sole and single “thing” in this universe that actually exists. The world of objects we move through is not conscious, but we are. And because we are conscious, we are real.
  3. Love is real and connects us all.

Written in simple language with intriguing narrative, the book is a deeply personal narrative about a scientist’s journey to understanding how Gods fingerprints are all over our universe.

Science tells us the universe is a place of intense purpose: a place from which God has partially removed Himself, so that possibility (including, most importantly and problematically, free will) may unfold. As being fashioned by God, we carry bodies made of stardust, and a consciousness that transcends all physical matter and links us directly to our maker. We are here for a reason.

In Proof of God, a committed seeker and a spiritual scientist come together to present a view of creation that makes it not only possible, but essential, to accept both science and God as true.